Volunteer with the Methow Conservancy!

The Methow Conservancy began as a volunteer organization and to this day supporters who donate their time and skills are essential to our conservation and education efforts!

Take a look at our upcoming volunteer activities, and stay tuned for a new calendar and registration feature!  To sign-up for anything listed, please use the “Volunteer Methow” link provided for each item.  If you have any trouble, or to simply be included in volunteer update emails (sent about once a month), contact Mary at mary@methowconservancy.org or 509-996-2870.


The Featured Activity this month is:
A Sedge Seed Collecting project on Monday, August 7th. 
We will be returning to Hancock Creek on Monday, August 7th from 7:30-9:30am to collect ripe sedge seeds for continued restoration work.

Help us collect native sedge seeds from an upper valley conservation easement where extensive riparian restoration work has taken place over the last many years. The seeds will be sent to a Montana company to grow out into sedge plugs and mats which will then be replanted back into this same project area. Pretty cool! Be prepared to get your feet wet, but you'll get to enjoy a beautiful protected property and learn about the restoration efforts going on. We did this last week and the work was surprisingly meditation and peaceful, and shockingly there were no mosquitoes!

No experience necessary. We'll show you what to collect and provide the container. Wear water/muck boots, or river sandals like Chacos or Tevas. Children with an adult are welcome as long as they are old enough to walk in wet, uneven terrain and distinguish one type of sedge from another by sight.



The new valley-wide VolunteerMethow.org website is ready for your browsing, testing and feedback!  See our volunteer tasks as well as those of numerous other organizations around the Methow. All Methow Valley nonprofit and community organizations are invited to use this website to feature volunteer tasks and to promote involvement with their organizations. Each organization has a profile page where you can learn about who they are and what they do.  Find tasks using the calendar feature, or view tasks that match up with your favorite local causes and organizations, your unique skills, or what can be done at home on your own schedule.  Take a look and watch it grow in the coming months!

Ongoing, our primary volunteer opportunities fall into the following categories:

Weeds & Native Plants table at the Farmer's Market.

Education: Love to teach and interact with people?  Assist with our 4th grade “schoolyard science” during the school year; help with our noxious weed booth at the Farmers’ Market; co-lead free flower, bird or weed walks in the spring; public events and more!

Field Work: Want to be outside and get dirty?  Restoration and stewardship activities fill our spring-fall schedule – join us to improve habitat on conservation easements and public land!  Pull barbed wire and weeds, collect native seeds and plant trees; maintain the small public garden next to our office, and much more!  We’ll hold regular work parties April-Oct!

Odds & Ends: all the other office stuff that we always need help with: posting posters; prepare mailings; graphic design, create a new display about our work, filing and archiving; writing, editing and proofreading (we are about to revise and reprint our Good Neighbor Handbook!); we’ve got it all and much of it can be done at home!

ALSO, we welcome high school students for summer internships, community service work anytime or senior projects.

Click here to read about the Conservation Awards given to Methow Conservancy volunteers.

315 Riverside Avenue / PO Box 71    Winthrop, WA 98862     509.996.2870